How to Get Started

We ask that all our volunteers attend an Open House orientation. Volunteer Open Houses are held on the first Saturday of each month at our North Side facility.

Once inside the building location, please proceed up the stair well to the 2nd floor. The orientation is held in Learning Center A. The sessions typically last 1.5 hours. We begin and end on time – so please be punctual. The doors will close five minutes after the scheduled start time and those who are late will be asked to register for another session.

Attending an open house, submitting an application and scheduling an interview with the Volunteer Manager are prerequisites to volunteering on-site. Training in certain areas must also be completed prior to the first shift. Mentoring during the first few shifts is also required for certain areas. Qualified potential volunteers will be asked to commit to a weekly schedule and a minimum of 2 hours per week in a specific assignment recommended by the Volunteer Program Manager and agreed to by the volunteer.

As a reminder, these open houses are meant for people ages 16 or older; for adults who can work independently without direct supervision or with minimal special accommodation. Individuals under 16 years of age can visit our Education Programs.

Some essential capabilities for volunteering include, but are not limited to:

· Ability to commit to a weekly two-hour shift for six (6) consecutive months or more

· Ability to commit to scheduled volunteer times

· Ability to work well with others – staff, volunteers, and the public

· Ability to take instruction

· Ability to squat, bend, twist, left and stand for long periods while working directly with the animals.

· Ability to speak and understand English

· Computer literacy; Active email account

· Have previous experience handling large dogs if applying for a dog handling assignment

· Average vision

· Ability to tolerate loud noises and unpleasant odors

· Ability to walk unaided on uneven and/or rough terrain

· High level of manual dexterity

Shelter Volunteer Requirements

Humane Animal Rescue requests that you commit to a minimum of two hours a week for at least 6 consecutive months. This commitment ensures that the program will operate smoothly and that the maximum benefit is provided to the animals.

To volunteer on-site at HAR you must be at least 18 years old. Individuals under 18, can visit our Education Programs.

Humane Animal Rescue requires that all potential volunteers go through an extensive orientation, selection, and training process. This process ensures that Humane Animal Rescue is selecting volunteers that best fit the needs of the program and understand the unique environment in which they will work. The recruitment process may take up to two months. Applicants will be selected based on the current needs of Humane Animal Rescue.

Those interested in volunteering who may have special needs (or a job coach/shadow) must  contact the Volunteer Manager prior to Orientation. Though we do our best to accommodate those with special needs or handicaps, our unique volunteering opportunities require certain abilities to maintain the safety of our animals, staff, public and other volunteers. Special volunteer requirements must be discussed with the volunteer manager on a case by case basis prior to Orientation.

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Each position has specific needs and requirements. Take a look and then come back here to take the next steps!

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Ready to Get Started?

If you are eager and ready to get started, the first step is to sign up for an Open House.

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Other Opportunities

You can also volunteer at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or at one of Our Events.

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Why must I attend an Open House?

Humane Animal Rescue prides itself on our quality volunteers! Each potential volunteer must undergo a recruitment process that ensures the volunteer and HAR are a good fit for each other. The HAR Open House is provided to give you information about our program and HAR services. You will spend roughly one hour in a classroom style setting highlighting the different areas available to volunteer. Attendance at Open House orientation does not guarantee a spot in the volunteer program, but does give you all of the information you need to become a volunteer at our shelter. Selection, processing and training can take up to two months. We take great pride in the time and training we invest in our volunteers and hope that you will too.

The recruitment process is as follows:

  1. RSVP (confirmation of rsvp will be sent) and Attend an Open House
  2. Submit an application (online link will be given at orientation)
  3. Complete training for your area of interest
  4. Schedule a face-to-face meeting with our Volunteer Manager to get assigned and scheduled

Open House orientations are an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the volunteer program. There is absolutely no obligation to join the program, although we expect to add several wonderful new volunteers to our team from each orientation! If you have any questions regarding the volunteer orientation process, please email Stephanie Dumaine, Manager of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@humaneanimalrescue.org.

How do I RSVP for an upcoming Open House?

Open House sessions are typically hosted once per month (subject to change). Sessions are hosted on the first Saturday at 3pm at our North Side shelter. Since orientations can fill up very quickly, you must register in advance to hold your seat. To register, email volunteer@humaneanimalrescue.org with the Open House date that you would like to attend. You will receive an email confirming that you may attend. If you are unable to attend your scheduled orientation, please let us know by emailing volunteer@humaneanimalrescue.org.

There isn’t an application process prior to attending an Open House.

You will receive a follow up email message providing you with further information about the orientation.

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